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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 11, 2011
CONTACT: DEP: Press Office, (850) 245-2112

DEP Celebrates National Marina Day

~Clean Marinas statewide highlight clean boating and family fun on the water~

TALLAHASSEE – Recognizing the importance of marinas statewide, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Clean Marina Program and the Association of Marina Industries are celebrating National Marina Day today, June 11, 2011. Florida Governor Rick Scott recently signed a proclamation honoring Marina Day in Florida encouraging marinas across the state to open their doors to the public today.

“With more than 1,350 miles of coastline and 50,000 miles of inland and coastal rivers supporting a $16 billion marine industry and 200,000 jobs, Florida’s water resources are crucial to the state’s economy and our environment,” said DEP Director of Sustainable Initiatives Brad Stombock. “Celebrating National Marina Day brings attention to the importance of protecting Florida’s waterways and allows our Clean Marinas to be recognized for their commitment to protecting our state’s natural and economic resources.”

Celebrated since 2001, National Marina Day emphasizes the significance of marinas as family-friendly gateways to rivers, lakes and oceans, and highlights the importance of their roles as environmental stewards. Boaters are reminded to practice clean safe boating while enjoying Florida’s waterways and oceans. Recognizing the importance of waterways, designated Clean Marinas throughout the state will provide clean boating outreach and information along with events and activities.

With more than one million registered motorized vessels in Florida, environmental education within marine industries is the first step toward safeguarding the state’s natural resources. By providing green education and alternatives, the Florida Clean Marina Program helps ensure a sustainable future for the environment and an economically important industry.

About the Florida Clean Marina Program
The Florida Clean Marina Program is a voluntary designation program with a proactive approach to environmental stewardship. To become designated as a Clean Marina, facilities must implement a set of environmental measures designed to protect Florida’s waterways. These measures address critical environmental issues such as sensitive habitat, waste management, stormwater control, spill prevention and emergency preparedness. For more information about the Florida Clean Marina program, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/cleanmarina

Read Governor Rick Scott’s proclamation on National Marina Day or view a complete list of National Marina Day events.

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"With more than 1,350 miles of coastline and 50,000 miles of inland and coastal rivers supporting a $16 billion marine industry and 200,000 jobs, Florida’s water resources are crucial to the state’s economy and our environment”

Brad Stombock
DEP Director of Sustainable Initiatives

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Last updated: June 13, 2011

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